Glaziers, Architectural Metal and Glass Workers

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The Work
Glaziers prepare and install various types of glass, mirrors, metal framing and glass and aluminum doors and entrances in and on buildings at residential, commercial and industrial sites. Work is often performed with other trades people on new construction, remodeling and repair jobs. Hand and power tools are used during the preparation and insulation process.

Working Conditions
Work is conducted indoors and outdoors. Although some work is done at floor level, a considerable amount of the work is conducted at great heights on ladders, rigging and scaffolding. There is considerable bending, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling. Periods of unemployment between jobs are common.

The Apprenticeship
This program, depending upon trade, consists of 4,000-8,000 hours (two to four years) of on-the-job training and 144-447 hours of related classroom instruction per year (usually one night per week after work on your own time). Satisfactory progress must be maintained in related training classes.

Apprenticeship Entry Requirements
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Read, write and speak English.
  • Have good physical strength.
  • Possess own transportationValid Washington State driver's license.

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